Best Live Music Venues

Mexico, Mexico City Guide (D): Best Live Music Venues

Mexico City's vibrant, cultured and cosmopolitan nature means it is possible to find great music on the turn of every corner. From Mariachi, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and Independent, this guide will showcase the best venues around the City. Extensive research has gone in to finding not only the biggest and most popular places, but also more specialist and independent live music, based on local knowledge, advice and experience.
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Guide Name: Best Live Music Venues
Guide Location: Mexico » Mexico City
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 25
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Plaza Condesa   Pata Negra   Mama Rumba   Multiforo Alicia   El Tenampa (Plaza Garibaldi)   Breve De Espacio   Auditorio Blackberry   Ruta 61   Teatro De La Cuidad   El Hijo Cuervo   Pasaguero   Bar Jorongo   Auditorio Nacional   Foro Sol   New Orleans Jazz Bar   Zinco Jazz Club   Club Atlantico   Caradura   Circo Volador   Bulldog Cafe   El Imperial   Museo De Arte Moderno   Sala Nezahualcoyotl - UNAM   Palacio De Los Deportes   Centro Cultural De Espana  
Author: David Beaumont
Author Bio: David is an experienced world traveller, keen on seeing local cultures and discovering areas away from regular tourist itinearies. Most of his current trip has been done through Couchsurfing and camping and allowed him to discover more traditional attractions and places of interest. David enjoys music and travel writing, and loves to pass on his experiences and knowledge for others, helping them to also get more from their trip!
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Plaza Condesa

1) Plaza Condesa

Located in a vibrant area near to two major parks, various bars and restaurants and underneath a large high rise building, Plaza Condesa is one of the cities most popular and famous music venues. The building itself dates back to 1952 but large music corporation, OCESA recently worked with designers Antonio Munuhierro and ESRAWE design to revamp and modernise the space, improving acoustic and lighting facilities, elegant design and overall functionality. The Plaza is now used for art and...
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Pata Negra

2) Pata Negra

This incredibly popular bar in the Condesa region, attracts partygoers every day of the week, with its cosmopolitan and vibrant atmosphere. The space itself is quite small, so on a weekend packs up very quickly, especially as there is no cover charge. The downstairs area is small, and often frequented by DJ’s, whereas the upstairs area is predominately used for live music of varying styles. The music is loud, so maybe not the best place to come for a quiet drink, but is perfect for those...
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Mama Rumba

3) Mama Rumba

Mama Rumba is the best place in town to see Cuban music and dance Salsa. Lit up with red lighting from the outside, and maintaining a strong Cuban theme throughout, the checked tiled dance floor is filled with salsa dancers and with music from the house big band until the early hours. Seating is situated over the two floors, and free dance classes are available on Wednesday and Thursday from 9pm and Saturday at 8pm. The venue is principally used for Salsa, and often gets busy especially at...
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Multiforo Alicia

4) Multiforo Alicia

Located across the street from Jardin Dr. Chavez, on the main road (Chapultepec), Multiforo Alicia isn’t the most pretty building, but serves its purpose of being the cities most well-known alternative music venue. From its graffiti and poster clad exterior, the venue is best suited to back-to-basics style concerts, and popular with ska, surf and rockabilly fans. Inside, the venue is suitably dark and seatless, with concerts generally held on the venues second floor, which is also used for...
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El Tenampa (Plaza Garibaldi)

5) El Tenampa (Plaza Garibaldi)

If you want authentic Mexican Mariachi music, then Plaza Garibaldi is by far the best place. Operating almost 24-7, the Plaza comes to life at night, with visitors from all around the world being serenaded by traditional Mariachi orchestra. The most popular and famous place is the traditional Cantina El Tenampa, where bands congregate round tables and play songs for 120 Pesos, with the bill being settled at the end. You can go in a big group, or just sit back and watch from a distance. Outside,...
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Breve De Espacio

6) Breve De Espacio

Situated in the heart of the Condesa region, and near to the Imperial Club, Breve De Espacio is a good place to go if you want to see solo and acoustic based acts in a relaxing atmosphere. The venue itself is situated at the bottom of stairs in a darkly lit and small room, and there are also other branches in Linda Vista, and San Angel. The best nights to visit are Thursday and Saturday, with full listings available on the venues website. Music is primarily focussed around folk and trova, and...
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Auditorio Blackberry

7) Auditorio Blackberry

One of the newest and most up and coming venues in the city is the Auditorio Blackberry. The venue is situated on the back road of the large complex, between Chipilinicingo and Tlaxcala Avenues. The venue was formally used as a theatre but often now used for live concerts, with a maximum capacity of 4000 people. Excellent acoustics, multifunctional and flexible design, the venue is large, comfortable and in a central location, meaning its one of the best venues in the city to catch a concert....
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Ruta 61

8) Ruta 61

This small bar near the Chipilinicingo Metro station, serves the primary purpose of Blues Music in a American Diner environment. The venue is dimly lit and draped and perfectly suits the theme of the place, which also on occasion holds Jazz concerts. There is generally live music from Wednesday onwards, but on some nights it can be quiet, so it is best to check ahead for events. Generally, there are a lot of local based artists, although on occasion the bar has popular American and International...
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Teatro De La Cuidad

9) Teatro De La Cuidad

This grand building, constructed in 1918, and based on the La Scala Opera House in Milan, now serves a purpose as a cultural centre for concerts, presentations, childrens activities and theatrical/cabaret performances. An electrical fire destroyed a large part of the building with restoration work not being completed until 2002. Much of the building was either replaced or extensively remodelled, with improvements also made to the technical specifications and acoustics. Highly recommended, the...
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El Hijo Cuervo

10) El Hijo Cuervo

One of Mexico City’s most famous venues, and situated in the popular Coyocan region, Hijo Del Cuervo serves as a bar and restaurant most of the time, but often opens up its doors to International music acts and events of all styles. Often heaving at weekends, the venue can be found at the corner of the beautiful Market Square. The venue has been open for music since December 1986 and hosted a wide range of established international and local acts. It continues to attract some big names,...
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Pasaguero

11) Pasaguero

Another very popular, but sometimes pricy venue, Pasaguero is best known for its big events and electronic music. With its central location, the venue is packed at the weekend, and particularly popular for house and techno based DJ’s. Looking like a small café from the front, the venue opens up inside and offers an extensive dancefloor. The venue is also known for putting more underground and alternative music concerts, and provides a range of cultural activities during the week. Sometimes...
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Bar Jorongo

12) Bar Jorongo

1. Founded in the 1970’s, Bar Jorongo is an insititution in Mexico City, showcasing the best Mexican and Latin American music in a relaxed lounge style environment. It has an extremely strong reputation for traditional music and is largely frequented by three bands that cover a wide range of styles from Norteno, Mariachi, Afro-Cuban and other Latin American styles. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the atmosphere is always lively, and the best place to come to for a night of traditional...
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Auditorio Nacional

13) Auditorio Nacional

With a capacity of up to 10,000, the Auditorio Nacional is one of Mexico’s largest and main entertainment venues, also considered one of the best in the world for specialised media. Originally constructed in 1952, the venue had a complete restoration and opened its doors to music, dance, theatre and art concerts in 1991. Internationally renowned and multi-award winning, the venue made significant structural and acoustic improvements. Using Meyer Audio’s MILO system, it now offers one of the...
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Foro Sol

14) Foro Sol

The Foro Sol is principally a sports venue, but several times a year opens its doors to big events and concerts for some of the world’s biggest artists. The venue can accommodate up to 37,500 people seated, and an additional 25,000 in the main square. Renowned for its versatility, the stadium is mainly used for baseball, but also is used for concerts, dances, sports, fairs and festivals. As a music venue, it opened its doors in 1993, and still provides the biggest productions in the whole of...
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New Orleans Jazz Bar

15) New Orleans Jazz Bar

Located in San Angel, in a fantastic location by the student areas, New Orleans is a hidden gem of Mexico City. Focussing on Jazz and Blues music, the venue attracts leading national and international artists, whilst offering food and drink at reasonable prices. The name of the bar gives an indication of what you can expect when you arrive, as the down and dirty atmosphere reflects the mood of its namesake city. The venue is popular with jazz and blues connoisseurs, but also those looking for a...
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Zinco Jazz Club

16) Zinco Jazz Club

From the outside, Zinco Jazz Club doesn’t look like much. A thick steel door, located on a quiet side street from the main Maderos Avenue, Zinco then transports you to a time and place set back in the 1930’s. Set in what previously were the vaults of the Bank Of Mexico, the venue has been modelled on Zinc, the legendary Jazz Club in New York. Maintaining a fascinating an unique atmosphere, the venue is extremely popular and attracts a complete range of people from diversified cultures. From...
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Club Atlantico

17) Club Atlantico

Located in the historic Downtown area, Club Atlantico is another venue which focuses on providing multicultural and artistic events to suit all styles. Open both during the day, and at night, four flights of stairs separate this gallery, bar, pool hall and concert venue. Live music is mostly concentrated on Latin Styles, but sometimes you are able to hear music of differing genres, and often has DJ’s playing on an evening. The venue is very economical and amongst other things is often used for...
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Caradura

18) Caradura

One of the newest Venues in Condesa/Mexico City, Caradura has a varied roster but specialises in rock music and is often filled with a young audience, between the ages of 20-35. Drinks are cheap, and the atmosphere is intimate with dimly lit red lights and black curtains. It is a good place to hear new and upcoming acts with the best days often being Wednesdays and Saturdays. The venue is often strict with official identifaction so make sure to bring your passport to guarantee access. The RCF...
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Circo Volador

19) Circo Volador

The Circo Volador, located directly across the the road from the Riga Metro Station, has a rich and cultured history. Originally set up more as a youth organisation to address problems of violence and crime in Mexico City, the venue continues to put on workshops, community service projects and also contains a radio station and recording studio. For live events, most of the promotions are currently run by Eyescream Dilemma Productions meaning the venue specialises in concerts for heavy music,...
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Bulldog Cafe

20) Bulldog Cafe

Principally a place to come for late night music and entertainment (Bands usually won’t come on stage until around 1.30am but continue to around 4 in the morning), the Bulldog Café mainly focuses on tribute acts and classic rock bands from local areas. An institution for over twenty years, the venue is very spacious and spread out over three levels, all dedicated to loud rock music. Common tribute bands include Guns N Roses, Queen and U2, to give a rough idea of frequented cliental and music....
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El Imperial

21) El Imperial

Whilst the venue looks pretty basic from the outside, with its brown exterior and small door, upon entering you move into what feels like an old house, full of vintage décor, red and gold patterned walls, chandeliers and rugs. The atmosphere is extremely unpretentious, the people friendly, and music is generally focussed on rock and alternative. This is a venue which a lot of the underground and independent scene come to meet, and in addition to live music, the venue also functions as a...
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Museo De Arte Moderno

22) Museo De Arte Moderno

If you are looking for something a little different, then Mexico City’s art museum offers a wide a range of night based activities. These include exhibitions, presentations and also concerts in the outdoor sculpture garden. Music is often experimentalist and collaborative but aimed at attracting a younger audience, as the venue is making a concentrated effort to open its doors to different age groups and cultures. With a combination of arts, this is a good place to spend an evening in a...
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Sala Nezahualcoyotl - UNAM

23) Sala Nezahualcoyotl - UNAM

In the Southern Part of the UNAM campus there contains the Centro Cultural Universitario – a complex of entertainment and music venues, primarily focussed around orchestral and theatrical based works. The most famous of these venues is the Sala Nezahualcóyotl, a grand hall built in 1975, with a capacity of around 2300, and home to the Philharmonic Orchestra of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The room is laid out in a polygonal shape, with a central stage and fantastic acoustics,...
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Palacio De Los Deportes

24) Palacio De Los Deportes

The iconic Palacio De Los Deportes was constructed in 1968 for the Olympics, but now serves as one of the largest music venues within Mexico City. The emblematic Copper Dome structure, located just across the road from Foro Sol has also served as a space for trade shows and conventions as well as its principal use, sports. In recent years the venue has had several modifications to the interior structure and acoustics allowing it to attract some of the world’s leading music acts. When the venue...
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Centro Cultural De Espana

25) Centro Cultural De Espana

Located directly behind the Cathedral in Mexico City’s Zocalo, this old mansion was previously in ruins, before getting a complete overhaul in 2002. On its tenth annerversary, the venue was then expanded over several floors, including a rooftop terrace. The centre promotes artworks of all formats of various Mexican and Spanish artists, and often includes free events by younger, more experimental bands, as well as established acts. From 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, there is music on...

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